The New Harvard Art Museums Opening November 16

March 11, 2014
Index Magazine

The New Harvard Art Museums Opening November 16

We are excited to announce that our new facility, designed by Renzo Piano, will open to the public on November 16, 2014.

The renovation and expansion of our landmark building at 32 Quincy Street in Cambridge will bring the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums and their collections together under one roof for the first time. Visitors will be able to explore new research connected to the objects on display and the ideas they generate in the galleries; gain a glimpse of leading conservators at work; and in the unique Art Study Center, have hands-on experiences with a wide range of objects from the collections.

“We knew we had an opportunity to redefine the Harvard Art Museums as an accessible and connected 21st-century institution for teaching and learning, so we engaged Renzo Piano to design a building to implement that vision,” said Director Tom Lentz. “We look forward to welcoming students, faculty, and staff at Harvard, our Cambridge friends and neighbors, the entire Greater Boston community, and travelers from afar into our new home this November.”

To celebrate the opening, the Harvard Art Museums will host a suite of special events. The first of these events will be a celebration for Harvard students in keeping with the museums’ mission of teaching and research as well as their role in supporting a broad range of teaching across disciplines at Harvard. Special events for faculty, donors, museum supporters, alumni, and others will follow, culminating in a preview for Cambridge residents ahead of the public opening celebration on Sunday, November 16.

Before the celebrations begin, there are still many months of work ahead. Check in with Index to follow the progress of the renovation project and the work of our staff as we approach the November opening.

Have questions about visiting the new facility at 32 Quincy Street? See Visiting the New Harvard Art Museums in the FAQ.